I remember the first time I came across curry leaves in an Indian market--those potatoes were a revelation! I could finally have dishes like in my favorite South Indian restaurant. But now I don't have to seek them out in Indian markets, because I am now the proud owner of a rapidly growing curry tree.
These plants are not easy to find. Mine were purchased from Logee's, where they are currently not available.
The second time was the charm, as my first purchase was in winter and the plant did not make it in the tough indoor winter climate (combined with some lack of attention on my part). This one came in spring and it proved to be a much more favorable time for acclimating the plant. I made sure to re-pot it as instructed, and now I am carefully tending it on my patio, where I like to walk by and rub a leaf to release the aroma. I don't dare harvest any yet because I want this one to thrive.
My cumin experiment was also a bust--it did not thrive in a clay pot that baked it on the patio. It will get a dedicated spot next summer.
It's not exactly exotic, but I'm also growing caraway. It's a biennial, so it will flower and produce seed next year. This corner also holds an inherited rose, sorrel, chives, and flat-leaf parsley and cilantro reside to the left of the caraway. A potted rhubarb sits in the corner waiting for me to prepare it a bed.